Independent tests continue to show that genuine clay brick outperforms other home exteriors in severe weather conditions, such as protection from wind-blown debris and earthquakes.

  • Videos from a wind-blown debris study at the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University demonstrate that a medium-sized and wind-blown object, such as a 7.5-foot long 2 x 4, would penetrate homes built with vinyl siding or fiber-cement siding at a speed of 25 mph, but would need to exceed 80 mph in order to penetrate the wall of a genuine clay brick veneer home. The tests also showed that a single wythe of brick exceeded the impact resistance for high velocity hurricane zones in the Florida building code.

  • A brick seismic study funded by the National Science Foundation showed that buildings built with genuine clay brick veneer can resist earthquakes above the Maximum Considered Earthquake for Seismic Design Category D without collapse.

Clay brick is long known for its extreme durability and 100-year life span, but combined with proper installation and maintenance, brick remains an essential element of strong, safe homes that can help reduce property damage and increase survival odds.